TLJ News from August 11-15, 2013

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8/15. President Obama issued another in a long series or annual routine emergency export regulation declarations. He sent notices to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate titled "Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Export Control Regulations". This is the thirteenth in a series of perfunctory annual declarations under which Presidents Bush and Obama have maintained the U.S. export regulation regime. This regime implements the "Export Administration Act", which expired in 2001, but which Presidents maintain by declaration. There is no emergency. The President and Congress disregard Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution, which provides that "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress ..." See also, notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 78, No. 155, August 12, 2013, at Pages 49105-49107. See also, stories titled "Obama Issues Annual Routine Emergency Export Regulation Declaration" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,429, August 15, 2012, and "President Issues Another Routine Emergency Declaration to Continue Export Regulation Regime" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,288, August 13, 2011.


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8/14. The House Commerce Committee (HCC) announced in a release that its Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (SCT) will hold a hearing in September on "the legal regimes that regulate the delivery of video content to consumer", including the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA). The 111th Congress enacted S 3333 [LOC | WW], the STELA, in 2010. It is Public Law No. 111-175. See, story titled "Obama Signs Satellite TV Bill" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 2,089, May 28, 2010. The STELA reauthorized the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 (SHVERA). The SHVERA was enacted in 108th Congress, in late 2004, as one component of HR 4818, an omnibus appropriations bill. It became Public Law No. 108-447.


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8/13. Copyright Office's (CO) Copyright Royalty Judges issued their Final Determination of Distributions Phase II [66 pages in PDF] for cable royalty funds for the years 2000-2003 under 17 U.S.C. 111.

8/13. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced in a release that its seeks nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The deadline is September 30, 2013.